Expect the Unexpected at the U.S. Open

Jim blogs on the outcome of the U.S. Open

Your 2009 U.S. Open champion is Danny Glover.   Check that...Lucas Glover.  Although more people could probably see the " Lethal Weapon"  co-star winning  this week than Lucas Glover.

But the Greenville South Carolina kid did not fold under the U.S. Open pressure.   Even with the likes of Tiger Woods, and Phil Mickelson making a run at him

The Clemson graduate staked his approach shot in close on the 16th hole and calmly rolled in his birdie putt to get to 4 under par and claim to the lead.    Then with his wife and parents looking on Glover brought it home with pars on the final 2 holes.  He scores a 2 shot win over the field.  Not bad considering that Glover started the tournament with a double bogey on his very first hole.

There were so many great stories waiting to be written this week, but they did not come to pass.

Tiger Woods was going for major number 15 one year to the day that he won his last major, and 7 years after he won the U.S. Open the last time it was played at Bethpage Black.   But Tiger could not over come  an opening day round of 74.  And the 15th hole ate his lunch to the tune of 4 over par in 4 rounds

Phil Mickelson was  the sentimental favorite.  His wife was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and Phil is putting up the golf clubs while she undergoes her treatment.   Phil made a charge today and actually had a share of the lead down the stretch....but his normally solid short game let Phil down.  He has a bittersweet consolation.  He's the first player in history to finish runner up at the U.S. Open 5 times.

David Duval was the Hollywood favorite.  Only a screenwriter wouldn't dare to script this ending.  It would be too unbelievable.  Duval, the former number 1 ranked golfer in the world, saw his game fall off a cliff 10 years ago.    He couldn't drive the ball, he couldn't putt the ball and he couldn't even make the cut any more.   His game was so bad that he plunged into the high 800's in the world ranking.But here Duval was, tied for the lead at the U.S. Open a until power lip-out cost him a bogey and his share of the lead.

With the titans of the game unable to seal the deal, that left the door open for your average Golfer Glover to put his name on the U.S. Open Trophy.

It's fitting that Glover's unlikely win comes on the 40th anniversary of the U.S. Open's longest long shot winning the tournament.  In 1969 Orville Moody beat the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, and Gary Player to win his one and ONLY victory of his PGA career.






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